In April of 2013 the member states of the European Union made a commitment to ensure youths under the age of 25 would have access to opportunities for work, continued eduation and quality apprenticeships within four months of being unemployed or from when they end their formal education.
Within just five years from the launch of this scheme entitled Guarantee for Youths (Garanzija għaż-Żgħażagħ), the results all over the European Union have been significant: the number of unemployed youths has dropped by 2.3 million, and the number of youths who have not been left out of education, employment or training has dropped by 1.8 million.
In Malta, the Guarantee for Youths is being run by the Youth Guarantee Office within the Ministry for Education and Labour. The scheme in Malta has been implemented mainly through co-financing by the European Social Fund, which has led to initiatives for youths in the 15 to 25 age group.
The guarantee for youths has been applied in Malta through initiatives aimed at assisting students in the 15 to 25 age group to continue with their studies, or to improve the probability of success in the labour market. These initiatives consist of training and work experience, assistance in preparation for SEC/’O’ level examinations and in MCAST studies, and in ICT summer courses. Since 2014 over 3,000 students have benefited from assistance for SEC/’O’ examinations in Maltese, English, Mathematics, Biology and Physics.
The member states can take part in events for exchange of ideas and public conferences to share successes within the framework of Guarantee for Youths. In fact an electronic register has been set up showing examples of successful policies and measures in member states, leading to promotion within other member states.
For more information about Guarantee for Youths, one can contact the Youth Guarantee Office on [email protected] or by telephone on 2598 1161/2/4. Information about opportunities through European Union funding can be obtained by contacting MEUSAC on 2200 3300 or on [email protected]
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